BALAKONG: The MCA central committee leadership and state party leaders launched the "Balakong declaration" on Tuesday (Aug 28) to mark the "rebirth" of the ethnic Chinese-based party.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that this marked the start of the party's reformation.
"The central committee just concluded its 34th meeting, where we discussed and formulated a new direction for the party," he said.
Liow said the declaration was important for two reasons – firstly for MCA to show its members that the party was here to stay despite its defeat in the 14th General Election.
"We can (also) be a party that can (provide a) check and balance in both the Selangor state and Federal governments," Liow said, adding that they want a show of support from Balakong voters to strengthen MCA as its reforms.
The five-point document outlined MCA's stand on issues such as maintaining an independent stance, supporting democratic ideals, a two-party political system and its new check and balance role.
MCA's campaign chairman for the Balakong by-election, Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, said the results of the by-election would serve as a guide and morale booster for the party in its efforts to reform and find a new place in Malaysian politics.